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Visiting Barbados

Updated on August 2, 2016

A Local's Guide to Visiting Barbados

Where to go? What to see? How to get there? I am going to share as much as I can so that you will be able to come and enjoy your vacation (or business trip) in Barbados and want to return again and again.

CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE: Totally Barbados has received World Travel Awards for a number of years, and is recognised as a complete guide to everything wonderfully Barbadian. However, I can assure you that I am giving you a little different spin on things and will try to influence you with my own little biases. Trust me, it's all good and to your benefit!!

Beautiful Barbados

So much to see...

Barbados is a coral stone island with gently rolling hills in its more rural areas and a few fairly steep ones as you approach the more rugged East coast. The highest point is about 1,115ft high and total area is approximately 166 sq miles.

The marine life enhances the wonderful snorkeling and diving available here. There are some tours and catamaran cruises which will allow you to have a swim break where you can actually go swimming with the turtles.

Whether you are renting a vehicle, bicycling, horse back riding, hiking or on a guided day tour, you are sure to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings with so many new and interesting things to see.

I recommend any (or all) of these island tours:

Adventureland Tours

Island Safari Tours

Scenic Barbados Tours

& You won't want to miss tours of these wonderful attractions:

Aerial Trek

Atlantis Submarine

Barbados Concorde Experience

Barbados Wild Life Reserve

Flower Forest

Harrison's Cave

St. Nicholas Abbey

Sunbury Plantation House

There truly is something delightful for everyone to see in beautiful Barbados!

Accomodation

Whether you are on a budget or want luxurious accomodation.

Find a hotel, luxury villa or all-inclusive resort now.

Decide whether you want to stay on the ocean front, or if mere proximity to the beach is your goal. If you enjoy and want to be close to the busy nightlife you may prefer to stay on the South coast.

Rent A Vehicle

Transportaion guide

Get out on your own to explore Barbados at your own pace - Rent A Car! In Barbados, we drive on the left side of the road. On presentation of your own valid driver's license you will be required to pay BBD $10.00 for a driver's permit which is valid for 1 year.

There are 3 types of buses which run regularly throughout the island, 2 of which are privately owned. These are the "ZR" vans, which are white with a maroon stripe, and the minibuses which are yellow with a blue stripe. The government owned Transport Board buses are blue with a yellow stripe. All bus fares are BBD $2.00.

Use a taxi service.

Go out in style - Hire a limousine!

Beaches

Sun Sea & Sand!

It's time to enjoy our glorious, white sand beaches !!

Don't forget your sunblock :o)

The spectacular East and South coast beaches are quite popular for surfing. Are you interested in diving and snorkeling? Or maybe you just want to relax, sunbathe, swim or go for a ride on a jet ski or in a glass bottom boat, you can do all of this at the Boatyard and several other West coast locations.

There are lifeguards on some of our beaches. Look out for any warning flags posted by the lifeguards as they will be monitoring the currents, and be aware of any dangers in the area.

Activities

The national sport of Barbados is cricket lovely cricket! If you're not a fan, have no fear, there is so much more to do here.

Golf, horseracing and polo are all extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.

Are you sailing into Barbados on your own yacht? Apart from the Barbados Port, you can visit the Barbados Yacht Club or sail directly into one of the marinas at Port Ferdinand or Port St Charles.

The summer heats up with our carnival, called Crop Over, which culminates with Grand Kadooment on the first Monday in August.

Here is an up to date local events calendar. There are Jazz & Reggae festivals. With a Celtic Festival, (Field) Hockey festival, and local Independence celebrations ... the list goes on and on - there is always something to do!

Dining

Keep your strength up:

What's your pleasure?? If you are in the mood for Chinese, Indian (East & West), or Italian; from fast food to Sushi, you can find it here.

Keep up with all your favourite sporting events at Bubba's Sports Bar.

Try our local fast food chain Chefette (with 14 locations islandwide).

Enjoy a fantastic Dinner show (Monday and Wednesday only), at Harbour Lights.

Find a complete listing of the islands' restaurants, along with some menu pages, in the Barbados Yellow Pages.

Me on the first Sunday evening of 2016

Oh What A Night!!

Local Nightlife

The best places to enjoy nightlife in Barbados are typically on the South Coast, particularly in the St Lawrence Gap which features The Old Jamm Inn, and a number of other fine establishments, where you will be entertained by DJs and/or live performances by top local bands. Harbour Lights is the longest standing and most popular nightclub on the island. However, Red Door Lounge in 2nd Street is definitely making an impact on Barbadian nightlife on the West Coast.

Embracing nightlife in the Caribbean!

Shopping

Don't leave empty handed! If you're looking for jewelry, perfume, clothing, accessories, a gift for a friend, or souvenirs you can find great bargains with duty free shopping at many locations islandwide. Shop online or find out about where to shop and what's available here.

Check out this cool video about going to Barbados.

Thinking of buying a property In Barbados?

Owning a piece of the rock...

It's a great time to invest in property here as the opportunities for deals is always "limited". Here's a comprehensive list of Properties in Barbados that are availabe for sale. A number of active developers in recent years have maintained a level of commitment to provide homes to suit all budgets. So whether you're seeking a modest 3 bedroom family home, studio apartment, townhouse, luxury apartment or villa the main factor you will need to consider is location.

I was a broker in the business myself until last year at Altman Real Estate. Most of my clients were looking to buy properties as vacation homes which they could rent out short term to help with running costs. Several excellent properties exist on or within walking distance of the beach - these usually have higher occupancy rates which improve your ROI (return on investment).

The real estate market in Barbados is very much alive. Those who need to sell will do a deal while those who can afford to hold on to their properties for a while still are seeing good rental returns once their properties are well maintained, managed and staffed. The majority of buyers are young local professionals while foreign investors mainly come from the UK and Canada.

There are no restrictions to non-residents buying. Barbados has a distinctive clientele, and while it is generally considered that the island is safe, I highly recommend that non-resident clients purchase in a resort or gated community especially if they want to achieve high rental yields. Renting self catering style properties is extremely appealing to most holiday makers these days and the amenities will at the least usually include a pool which is great for cooling off, because even if you have managed to purchase something on or near the beach, paying guests will choose accommodation with a pool more often than not.

An option you can try before you buy: Ocean Two Resort & Residences

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General Information, Business Facilities & Special Events

You might be interested to know...

GENERAL INFORMATION

Currency BBD $1.98 = USD $1.00

Electricity 110V

Emergency #s

Police 211

Fire 311

Ambulance 511

Want to know what's happening in Barbados? Listen to a local radio station. You can even check out our television station CBC, online.

& MAKE IT YOUR BUSINESS

There are many business investment opportunities in Barbados.Take a look at the

Barbados Offshore sector and explore Business Barbados to get some insight into exactly how businesses operate here.

SPECIAL EVENTS

How would you like to get married in Barbados? If you're planning a wedding, consider one of these wedding packages. Make sure you take advantage of our spa facilities to look and feel your best on that special day.

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      KandH 3 years ago

      @Old Navy Guy: Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      You paint very appealing picture and a well written lens on the "How to's" of visiting your beautiful island. Thanks for sharing.

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @pennyhart lm: Thanks for stopping by, I certainly hope you make it to my beautiful little island one day :)

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      pennyhart lm 5 years ago

      Barbados sounds fantastic! I would love to go there, someday...

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @Cari Kay 11: I'm sure you will love it :)

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      Kay 5 years ago

      We've flown into Barbados but never stayed. Perhaps one day...

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @Countryluthier: I'm glad this lens has inspired you to add it to the list!

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      I have gotten as far as Curcao Dutch Antilles whilest I was a Navy man some years ago. Barbados does sound interesting and another fantastic Squidoo candidate for the bucket list!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I love the Caribbean islands, but have not visited Barbados yet. Thanks for the recommendations in case I ever get there (and I hope I do!)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      @RGrieco: It certainly is, thanks for stopping by :)

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      RGrieco 5 years ago

      We did a carribean cruise about 10 years ago and one of the stops was Barbados and I loved it, beautiful place and beach.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      It looks like a fabulous place to visit! Thanks for the peek and for piquing my interest! :)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      looks beautiful. i would love to visit barbados soon.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Well done!

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      Once I visited Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)...and it was a big WOW...then times bigger than my WOW's about Spain; so Barbados is still on my to-do-list...

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Helpful page for anyone planning a trip to Barbados! My mom visited there a few years ago and had a great time. Everyone was so nice to her and the beach was beautiful.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      Thank you Barbados, i hope to see you soon!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Barbados is on my list.

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Barbados some day. Thanks for all the tips!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Interesting reading here! Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a wonderful place!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Ah, Barbados! You have a beautiful country, and the people seem warm and friendly. I've only been once, and my visit was brief, but I made a point of learning as much as I could while I was there. I would love to go back and stay a while... maybe some day!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      It is on my list of places to visit, some day.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Thanks for the inside on Barbados. Leaving you a Lucky Leprechaun Blessing.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      So many memories! I went to Barbados for my honeymoon and will never forget it. Great lens - I've left you some Angel dust...Check out some of my many Caribbean lenses too!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      So many memories! I went to Barbados for my honeymoon and will never forget it. Great lens - I've left you some Angel dust...Check out some of my many Caribbean lenses too!

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Fantastic information. Certainly makes me want to visit Barbados.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      excellent tour guide, very informative and well put together. it is well detailed and you pretty much have it covered.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey Shar this is cool. Will think about it some more and send u my questions.

      Good job.....

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Impressive

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Impressive

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      KandH 9 years ago

      Ok folks, I like it so far but can't think of everything, tell me what you want to know ...

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice work so far Sharon :)

      Keep at it.